A Buddhist Podcast – The Izu Exile

December 17th, 2007

Well, finally, we are back with a lecture on The Izu Exile!

We talk about:

  • Yasaburo and his wife
  • Appreciation
  • Standing up for what is right, no matter what
  • Buddhist Gods are practical
  • Become respected in the community

The music for tonights show comes from the Podsafe Music Network and includes:

A sincere and special thanks to everyone who has supported us.

We have copies of the two books we mention The Buddha Next Door and The Reluctant Buddhist in the online shops in the right hand column!

We wanted also to make reference to some information we talk about in the show!


  1. i have only two words



    glory!!! wonderful podcast. thanks fellows. i need to listen to it a couple more times again, for added benefit. yessir

    Comment by william wey — December 18, 2007 @ 5:48 am

  2. The thanks must go to Jason who instead of running away from 2 weird women from the UK accepted the challenge of becoming a podcast sister…brother…..I hope he has recovered. I met Jason at Podcamp UK and subscribed straight away thanks for helping me understand my life!

    Comment by Anna Farmery — December 18, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

  3. Hi Jason,

    Just downloaded and really looking forward listening!!
    Thanks for the effort and the help!



    Comment by Paul — December 18, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

  4. Hi Jason,

    Thank you! I was anxiously awaiting this. Linda D. and I are making progress. She is focusing on the podcast and I’ve been setting up coffee house meeting. Eric Hauber lectured on “The Unique Buddhist View of Life and Death” at my local coffee house, Viento Y Agua last week. We had a large turnout with several guests. Linda and Kevin recorded the lecture. We will be using it for shows 3 and 4 on the new podcast.

    Much appreciation,


    Comment by Linda Myring — December 19, 2007 @ 12:56 am

  5. Hi, Guys, Fantastic to has you back! A great podcast as always.
    Tracy (Brighton)

    Comment by Tracy — December 20, 2007 @ 12:45 am

  6. I first heard nam myoho renge kyo through a friend of a friend – he was applying for a job and asked me to say some daimoku for him; I did, then thought no more of it… 5 years later, another dear friend invited me to her Gohonzon’s enshrining ceremony. I was strangely moved by the sound of the daimoku…a musical harmonic which went beyond words – I don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s how it ‘touched’ me….2 years later, I began chanting myself. It has been a very long journey – I was so, so resistant to the idea of ‘faith’. Sometimes, I still feel like a ‘bad’ buddhist…but I chant. And I continue to strive towards ‘indestructible happiness’. It is a daily struggle – but one for which I have deep gratitude; thank-you for the podcast: it is a treasure xx

    Comment by owly — December 20, 2007 @ 1:46 am

  7. Guys,

    I finally got round to contributing a little (I’m a student again, so it’s not so much, sorry) towards your costs for producing these podcasts. I really enjoyed this lecture and while it might not be such a nice situation for you to be in, the parallels you draw to the here and now of your own life bring out the message so much more powerfully.

    … and boy do I like The Buddha, Geoff and me – it’s simply fantastic!

    Just one thing on faith, my understanding of Buddhism (and it might be wildly wrong, please let me know if it is) is that the faith issue with Buddhism is not with external “gods” but rather with the good within. It’s about practising the Dharma, not believing in something external.

    Have a Merry Christmas & Yule and a prosperous and happy New Year!


    Comment by Timothy — December 20, 2007 @ 8:07 am

  8. Hi Jason, Thank you so much for this contribution to our movement for kosen-rufu. Your lecture on The Izu Exile was insightful & inspiring. I look forward to more. I have been trying to download this show – the Izu Exile lecture – as a podcast without any success, any idea why this might be?

    Comment by Claudius — December 21, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

  9. Thanks for these podcasts on the goshos, I’ve been trying to study the goshos in addition to my math and physics courses and if I could ask for a big favor: could you work on “The Opening of the Eyes”?

    I’ve read it silently, aloud, backwards, forwards, asleep, awake, upside down, sober, loaded with more caffeine than a mathematician, chanting, and every linear combination thereof and I know it’s still too deep for me!

    Also thanks for posting this off of iTunes, I’m running Linux and they don’t release iTunes for Linux! So I really appreciate releasing this on the blog instead of solely on iTunes, thanks.


    Comment by Alex — December 22, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

  10. Jason and Karen,

    On this Christmas Eve, Donna and I wish you and your children wonderful fortune and happiness in the coming year. Thanks for sharing your wisdom in the podcast and encouraging us all with your “actual proof” in the face of adversity.

    We separately and equally treasure our friendship with you and look forward to the future with you!

    D and D

    Comment by Dash and Donna — December 25, 2007 @ 2:56 am

  11. Comment by Mark Mouse — December 28, 2007 @ 12:17 am

  12. Hi, thanks, very inspiring and helped me understand this Gosho much more than previously.

    New years best wishes,


    Comment by rick vonk — December 29, 2007 @ 9:55 am

  13. I am so touched to see so many comments, thank you so much. To Alex, I am planning to do some lectures on The Opening of the Eyes this year. Karen is going to Taplow tomorrow to try to get President Ikeda’s compiled lectures for me to read!
    I find the best way to understand the Gosho is to read President Ikeda’s guidance again and again and again, backed up with lots of daimoku and talking with people and then it miraculously unpacks itself. The combination for the lock is faith, practice and study!
    Thank you thank you thank you to everyone for your support.

    Comment by Jason — December 29, 2007 @ 9:00 pm

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